Top awards for Hartley Botanic at prestigious national flower shows

GREENFIELD-BASED greenhouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic is blooming with success after scooping top awards at two prestigious Flower Shows.

Martin Toogood Chairman of Hartley Botanic, Lee Burkhill of ‘the Garden Ninja’ (tradestand garden designer) and Tom Barry Managing Director of Hartley Botanic

They received five stars and the prestigious Director General’s tradestand award at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 for their ‘provenance and history’ themed display.

The stand was designed and planted by RHS winning Lee Burkhill of ‘the Garden Ninja,’ with landscaping by award-winning G.K. Wilson landscape services.

It provided a historical snapshot into the incredible stories and plant hunter origins behind some of our best loved and most familiar plants.

The theme also paid tribute to Hartley Botanic’s own story as they mark 80 years of making beautiful, handmade aluminium greenhouses from the same factory on Wellington Road.

RHS Director General Sue Biggs said: “We were impressed not only by the beautiful planting but even more by the educational content in the gorgeous greenhouses about plant hunters of the past.”

Hartley Botanic’s stand featured four of its own handmade greenhouses and glasshouses: a modern Opus glasshouse, a Victorian Lodge, a traditional Grow and Store and a contemporary Hartley Planthouse, each with an intricate and striking display, telling an individual and compelling botanical history story.

Woodland style plants including Thalictrum, Anthriscus and Actea provide an intriguing backdrop while the likes of Achillea, Waldsteinia and Nepetain mellow yellows and oranges, give enticing views through to each of the greenhouses.

The stand also featured a special edition Hartley Botanic Patio Greenhouse in ‘ruby red’ to mark the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic, commented: “We are thrilled by our stand’s double award win.

“The theme and design of our stand was particularly special for us this year as it tells a planting story which reflects our 80th anniversary and our desire to share Hartley Botanic’s provenance and history with customers.

“The heritage of our greenhouses and glasshouses is not immediately apparent, but gardeners are increasingly understanding the importance of provenance and are looking closer in their purchasing decisions to create sustainable gardens which give joy over a lifetime.”

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, and Christopher White, Sales Manager at Hartley Botanic

And they impressed once more at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show when they received best tradestand for their ‘tropical Britain’ tradestand.

The tradestand wasdesigned by Tom Hearn of Base Squared to showcase the modern ways gardeners are using their historic greenhouses and glasshouses.

It featured four of the manufacturer’s handmade greenhouses and glasshouses: a modern Opus glasshouse, a Victorian Lodge, a traditional Grow and Store and a contemporary Hartley Planthouse, each illustrating modern greenhouse ownership trends.

The stand also features a special edition Hartley Botanic Patio Glasshouse in ‘ruby red’ to mark the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic, said: “We are thrilled to have received the best tradestand award at RHS Chatsworth in a year when we are already incredibly proud that our greenhouses and glasshouses have been gracing the nation’s gardens for an impressive 80 years.

“While it’s interesting to look back, it is also exciting to look forward and this stand is a celebration of some of the ways customers are enjoying our greenhouses and glasshouses today.

“While we may be a historic British business, our products are constantly evolving and so is the way gardeners are using them.”

For more information about Hartley Botanic and their products, visit their website or call 01457 819 155.

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